Diane Hughes

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A spectacular 'fireball' was spotted burning up in the Northeast sky

The meteor was primarily visible in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but there were also witnesses in Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ontario, according to the American Meteor Society.<p>Several witnesses, including Alex Salvador …

Earth - Which spot on Earth gets the most sunlight?

One way to define the sunniest place is to ask which spot gets the most continuous hours of sun. If that is what you want, you might be surprised to find it is not the sunshine state of Florida you should visit, but a destination much further north.<p>Both Eureka and Alert on Ellesmere Island, Canada, …

Muonium - the most exotic atom?

I’d never heard of it before this week, but it’s real. And there are plans to use it to look for antigravity<p>As I scrolled through the physics papers posted on the arXiv this week, one in particular caught my eye – “Measuring Antimatter Gravity with Muonium”. Possibly, this was because I wrote a bit …

According to science, our dogs love us more than our cats

For a cat lover such as myself, this is terrible news: According to research conducted by scientists for BBC’s documentary <i>Cats vs. Dogs</i>, our canine …

Pets

SPECTACULAR Photos of a Rocket Burning Up as It Re-Enters Over Hawaii!

Around 2 a.m. local time on Saturday, astrophotographer Steve Cullen was driving home from visiting the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of …

Andromeda smash-up: distant galaxy is rushing towards Earth at one million mph - with no hope of deviation

Is this a space invasion? It does indeed resemble one. In fact it is a splendid Nasa photograph of a Geminid meteor shower:<p>Such events are caused when fragments of dust often far older than Earth crash into our atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour, each causing a mini-explosion. This …

Supervolcano – super mystery

Every hour or so the “Old Faithful” geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, shoots a column of boiling water up to 50m into the air. This incredible natural spectacle, along with multiple other geothermal features and the one to two thousand earthquakes that occur every year, are just some of …

Yellowstone National Park

Hobbit’s Martin Freeman: ‘I still have a lot of conversations with people that have no idea who I am.’

July 8, 2013 at 12:12 am by MrCere -<p>The UK’s The Independent features an in-depth interview with Martin Freeman where he talks about playing the …

Birthdays of the week: John Howe, Alan Lee and Richard Armitage!

August 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm by Demosthenes -<p>Happy birthday this week to John Howe and Richard Armitage!<p>Richard Armitage, Thorin Oakenshield, dwarven …

Hall of Fire tomorrow: The Taming of Smeagol

August 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm by Demosthenes -<p>This weekend we return to our regular Lord of the Rings chapter discussions in the Hall of Fire as we …

APOD: Pluto's Newly Discovered Moons Receive Names (2013 Jul 08) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Mark Showalter (SETI Institute) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130708.html Explanation: Pluto's newly discovered moons now have names. Known previously as P4 and P5, the International Astronomical Union has now given the fourth and fifth discovered moons of Pluto the names Kerberos and Styx. The small moons were discovered in 2011 and 2012 by the Hubble Space Telescope in preparation for the close passing of the New Horizons spacecraft by Pluto in 2015. Keberos is named for the many headed dog in Greek mythology that guards the entrance to the underworld, while Styx is named for the goddess who overlooks the mythological river that runs between the Earth and the underworld. Both monikers are related to the name of Pluto, who rules the mythical nether region. Because their reflectively is unknown, the size of each moon is quite uncertain -- but each is crudely estimated to be about 20 kilometers in diameter. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft is on schedule to pass by Pluto in 2015 and provide the first clear images of the dwarf planet and its companions. http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/detail/iau1303/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130708 #APOD

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Autumn on Titan, a hurricane on Saturn and fire on the international space station – in pictures | A month in space

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/31/titan-saturn-international-space-station-pictures<p>720<p>This month's roundup of the best …

Chinese Axes Polished Better in 4,500 B.C. Than Today

Many people think modern technology is very advanced, but according to Dr. Peter J. Lu, post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, Chinese …

Archaeology

Troublesome Creek

Origin of the blue-skinned Fugates of eastern Kentucky.<p>Sometime around 1820, a French orphan named Martin Fugate, carrier of an incredibly rare …

Dom Museum's Kunst und Wunderkammer

The amazing wonder cabinets of a very rich Austrian archbishop.<p>The Dom Museum’s Kunst und Wunderkammer is the lovingly recreated and restored …

Musgrave Museum

The unusual private collection of modern-day renaissance man George Musgrave.<p>In 1983 George Musgrave opened a museum dedicated to showcasing the life …

Cape Pillar Sea Cliffs

The tallest sea cliffs on the Southern Hemisphere are a climber's worst nightmare.<p>Located on the aptly named Desolation Island, the Cape Pillar sea …

Insectarium of Montreal

The biggest museum dedicated to insects in North America, one of the largest in the world.<p>Founded by Georges Brossard, an enthusiast entomologist, …

Eternal Flame Falls at Chestnut Ridge County Park

A natural gas leak provides a flickering flame beneath a waterfall.<p>All you need is a pair of hiking boots and a lighter to find out how the Eternal …

Merchant's House Museum

New York City's only preserved family home from the 19th century.<p>The house at 29 East 4th Street was home to the Tredwell family and their servants …

San Servolo Insane Asylum Museum

Venice's "Island of the Mad."<p>Known as the “Island of the Mad,” for 250 years the Island of San Servolo was the official mental asylum of Venice.<p>Run …

Topeka State Hospital

Abandoned insane asylum with history of horrific abuse.<p>Update: The central building pictured, was torn down and obliterated in 2010; there is nothing …

Mushroom House of Rochester

Eclectic architecture in the woods of New York.<p>An organic architectural gem in an unexpected place exists right outside of Pittsford.<p>Newcomers to …

Whittingham Hospital

This hospital once pioneered the use of electroencephalograms, but fell into maltreatment, abuse, and eventual abandonment.<p>Opened in 1873, this …

Abandoned St. Mary's Asylum

St. Mary's Asylum was isolated and abandoned before being converted into a Bed and Breakfast.<p>The isolated St. Mary’s Asylum was opened in 1914 in a …

Danvers State Hospital

Basis for H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories and Batman's Arkham Asylum, now a horrifying condo.<p>Danvers State Hospital opened in 1878 to serve some 600 …

The Narrenturm

This former insane asylum now holds a pathological anatomy museum.<p>Meaning “Fools’ Tower,” the Narrenturm was one of the first insane asylums ever …

Davis Toad Tunnel

Special tunnels built so that frogs won't be killed when crossing the highway.<p>A $14,000 wildlife crossing was constructed in 1995 as a six-inch …

The Violet Hour

A speakeasy takes on Chicago's drinking culture.<p>Due east of the former location of Idful recording studio, one spies an unusual facade on Damen: a …